Jalisco, Mexico - La Bufa Road, Rancho Primavera and Bioto Road
I took three local half-day trips from Puerto Vallarta, each starting before dawn to maximize daylight: the high elevation La Bufa, Rancho Primavera and the road to Bioto. Each turned out, for their own reasons, to be excellent birding locations...Chris Drysdale reports
Mexico - Yucatan Peninsular,
- The golf course ponds were an obvious magnet for water birds, and we were again struck by how much closer you can get to American birds than their European cousins...John and Jo Tallon report.
Yucatan Peninsula a report in .pdf format (1Mb) by Val and Alan Greggains
Visit to Mexico, Yucatan Peninsular, Quintana Roo .
- Looking over the large lake we could see plenty of American Coot, as well as large numbers of Blue-winged Teal. Black-necked Stilts foraged around the pool edges, and we could see in the distance a single Black-bellied Whistling Duck....Brian & Isabel Eady report.
- I took a week trip to Mexico.... I only spent two days birding. However, it was still very productive with 134 species seen...John Kirby reports.
- I got up before dawn to bird the area around the house before the rest of the family got going. On the beach were some semipalmated plovers and a couple of western/semipalmated sandpipers....Geoff Upton reports.
Oaxaca and Guerrero, Mexico
- Apart from the amazing birding experience, it was a huge privilege just to be in this part of Mexico – it’s pine and oak forests of the high Sierra Madre, the cloud and tropical forests of the lower eastern slopes, the more arid terrain of the interior and Pacific slope, and to be among the rural people for a glimpse into their very hard way of life...John Ward reports.
Mexico (Quintano Roo, Campeche, Chiapas and Yucatan)
- Birding around the ruins produced many birds including Slaty-tailed Trogon, Blue-crowned Motmot and many American warblers including Worm-eating Warbler....Peter Middleton and David Little report.
Oaxaca and Southern Veracruz
- This trip to Oaxaca was highly successful, we saw 331 species, with many endemics recorded, including several Nava’s Wrens, Sumichrast’s Wren, Dwarf Jay, Sumichrast’s Sparrow, White-striped Woodcreeper, Rosita’s Bunting, Ocellated Thrasher, Gray-crowned Woodpecker and Colima Pygmy-Owl...Paul van Els (et al) report.
Yukatan - a report in Spanish (with English bird list) .pdf format (1.5Mb) by Juan Antonio Lorenzo
Birdwatching in the Yucatan Peninsula
- For us, the birding was the discovery of multiple hidden treasures: the sites and habitats we visited (sketched below), the young Mexican birders, the small villages, the Mayan ruins and the interior landscape of the Yucatan peninsula. In the end, the birds themselves were the icing on the cake...Audrey Fielding reports.
Casual birding in the Yucatan
- My wife, Katherine, and I enjoyed a trip to the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, beginning in Merida and ending in Tulum. While planning the trip I assured Katherine that this would be the vacation we both needed, not an “extreme birding” trip...Peter J. Metropulos reports.
Yucatan Peninsula (and Cozumel) Mexico
- This year we again spent our family holiday in the Caribbean, on an 'unintentional' twin centre break in Mexico...just prior to the arrival of Hurricane Dean we were evacuated to the mainland and didn't return from our second hotel for a week while our Cozumel hotel was repaired...John Yates reports
Mexico - Yucatan,
- I picked up a few new land birds during this time along, and adjacent to, the road to the golf course pools, adding a Yellow tailed Oriole to my life list and several sightings of Plain Chachalaca, including 5 together on 1 April on a building site, shortly to become another massive hotel...Bob Biggs reports.
- Our excellent guide showed us some
species we just dreamt off when looking at them in the fieldguides,
some species we had not even been thinking off. To mention a
few Bare-throated Tiger Heron, Boat-billed
Heron, American Oystercatcher, Marbled
Godwit and Forster´s Tern...Lars
South East Mexico,
- This is a report on a mixed birding and general sightseeing trip
to South East Mexico, focusing on sites
in the Yucatan Peninsula and Northern and Central Chiapas. The
trip was planned to maximise birding time in the early
mornings and then visit Mayan ruins later in the day. The final
4 days were spent on Isla Mujeres....Dave Lowe and Richard Rae
and Chiapas, Mexico
- A two-week trip combining birding
with visiting Mayan and Spanish colonial sites. We
have given notes on the main birding sites visited, and the
most interesting bird species seen rather than an exhaustive
species list...Guy Anderson reports.
Riviera Maya, Yucatan
6 months on from the Hurricane how is the Yucatan looking?
Evidence of Wilma is still present if you look hard enough. A
lot of the under storey is now full of dead branches and foliage
and some of the trees are still stripped bare and apparently
dead. However the majority of the trees are now back in full
leaf and flower....Steve Baines reports.
after hurricane Wilma
- This is
a short note for birders interested in birding Cozumel
Island and wonder how the situation was shortly after
hurricane Wilma hit Cozumel. Wilma was a slow-moving
category 4 storm who raged on Cozumel for 24 hours. I
visited Cozumel Island on 23-26 November 2005...Eduard
Mexico (Cancun, Coba, Playa
Del Carmen, Puerto Morelos)
- Having arrived the night before and feeling
fully rested, I began my search for birds at 6-00am. New birds
in a new country are always exciting and my first species was
Great Tailed Grackle which was displaying and calling. On the
beach Magnificent Frigatebirds and Brown Pelicans passed almost
constantly....David Ousey reports.
- There is always something both peaceful and
exciting about boating slowly through a marsh or swamp especially
when stocked chock-a-block with terrific birds. Both trips served
up a very impressive array of water birds and most of them in
sizeable numbers...Paul Prevett reports
- We attempted to see as many of northern Mexico's
endemics as possible in the time available. The key species to
see on this itinerary are the following regional endemics not
found elsewhere: maroon-fronted parrot, red-crowned parrot, Tamaulipas
pygmy-owl, tawny-collared nightjar, tufted jay, Altamira yellowthroat
(though also in northern Veracruz), crimson-collared grosbeak
and Worthen's sparrow.....Phil Benstead reports.
- As soon as it got light, a couple of Caribbean
Doves showed well as they fed on the track, and some tapping led
me to a diminutive Yucatan Woodpecker, another regional endemic
probably more readily found on Cozumel than anywhere else....Simon
- By far the birdiest area was the tall, bromeliad-festooned
forest right around the first group of ruins as you enter the
archeological site. In less than one hour, here we saw Rose-throated
Tanager, Rose-throated and Gray-collared Becards, Gray-throated
Chat, Eye-ringed Flatbill, and many commoner species...Michael
Birding and Duding
in Yucutan and Belize
- Rio Lagartos was perhaps our favourite
place. Site of the asteroid impact that did for the dinosaurs
65 million years ago - not many people know that! - Hotel right
on waterfront, terns, gulls, ibis, egrets all fly by constantly.
After a hurricane two years ago it's now very wet all round town.
Fantastic birding around and south of town. Boat-billed Herons
can be seen behind the bus station!, and the fields were full
of waders....Tim Allwood and Claire Stephenson report.
West Mexico ( Sinaloa, Nayarit, Jalisco
and Colima) and The Yucatan Peninsula (Yucatan and Quintana Roo)
- Mexico is a great place to go birding
... Highlights included many superb birds on Volcan de Nieve,
with a spectacular backdrop and Barranca Rancho Liebre on the
Durango Highway, which again is a spectacular place with so many
great birds. Also the bird rich forest around Felipe Carrillo
Puerto was very rewarding....Neil Osborne reports.
- After a year of little in the way of life
birds, despite numerous trips, it was time to get serious and
visit one of those places that would make a difference to my list
hovering around the 1000 mark. Lots of possibilities then, but
to tie in with Demi's desires, it had to be North America somewhere,
so it was time to explore, ahem, Southern Mexico...Alex
Mexico (Yucatán and Quintana
- This was our second trip to Mexico, having
previously visited the area between Mexico City and Oaxaca two
years ago. We had just over a week available to us, and wanted
somewhere where we could combine good birding with general tourist
stuff, without having to do too much driving, and the Yucatán
peninsula fitted the bill very well...Gruff Dodd reports
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